10 Things on ebola, Xmas from Sierra Leone’s President Koroma

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Ernest Bai Koroma_President_SierraLeone_PhotoCredit_Vickie Remoe

  1. There are 10 treatment centers with 800 beds across the country. British Royal Engineers will build more centers with 700 more beds.
  2. There are 7 laboratories with a combined capacity to test a thousand samples a day.
  3. The Hastings Police Training School treatment center has discharged over 360 patients since its opened on the 19th September 2014.
  4. Kailahun, Kenema, Pujehun and Bonthe are down to zero cases reported.
  5. The Western Area including the capital city Freetown and its surrounding “rural communities” accounted for 50% of all new cases in the last two weeks.
  6. Operation Western Area Surge (OWAS) goes into effect from December 17-Dec 31st. OWAS’s Goal is to increase reporting to 117 Ebola Hotline and bring the sick in to for care.
  7. Community members of communities in the Western Area will be used as contact tracers, social mobilizers and members of the surveillance teams under OWAS.
  8. All local and regional travel is restricted/limited during the Christmas Holiday period. All public gatherings at restaurants, nightclubs, and beaches are prohibited.
  9. Christians observing Christmas are allowed to go to church on the day. All New Year’s Eve Church services should conclude by 5pm on New Year’s Eve. All must return home immediately after services on both days.
  10. Traders both in the streets and in the markets are allowed to trade M-F: 6AM-6PM Sa: 6AM-12PM. No trading of any kind on Sundays